“To err is human, and to show kindness and to forgive is divine.”
More than 1400 years ago, the people of Arabia were terrified. They feared their tribes and neighbors. Even they were scared of their idols. That was the time before Islam. The people of Arabs worshiped idols. In their ignorance, they would bury their newly born daughters alive. As Islam spread among them, such cruel and harsh practices stopped. Islam taught them to love and peace. Islam taught them respect and kindness.
Prophet Muhammad himself was a very loving and are always show kindness to people. He treated everyone, old and young, with respect and love.
As Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was spreading the message of God. As the Prophet (PBUH) was changing and making their lives better. Then some Arabs felt that due to the teachings of Muhammad (PBUH), their idols were losing their respect and power. They start making plans against Prophet (PBUH) to kill him, and they start to dislike him. They failed every time they tried to kill the Prophet (PBUH). This furious the enemies of Islam even a lot. So that they began to harass him with each approach they knew.
Story of Old Lady:
One old lady habitually threw garbage on Prophet (PBUH) whenever he passed in front of her house. Prophet (PBUH) had to pass that house daily because that was the way toward the mosque. Even when an old lady threw garbage at him, he would pass without showing annoyance and anger. That was a regular and daily routine.
One day as the Prophet passed in front of her house, the old lady did not throw garbage at him. He felt so strange and stopped there and asked someone about the well-being of the old lady. The neighbor informed the Prophet (PBUH) that the old lady was not well as she was sick. Then Prophet humbly and politely asked permission to visit the old lady.
After getting permission, Prophet (PBUH) entered an old lady’s house. The old lady thought he came here to take revenge as I used to throw garbage at him, and she was sick and unable to defend herself. Prophet (PBUH) humbly assured the old lady that I was not here to take revenge on you. Instead, I am here to look after you because ALLAH ordered me to look after the needy and sick. HE ordered me that Muslims should visit those and help those who need help and are needy.
The old woman was greatly impressed by this kindness and love of the Prophet. By the example of the greatness of Muhammad, she understood that he is indeed the Prophet of God and that Islam is the true religion. She accepted Islam there.
The kindness of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
On another occasion, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) journeyed somewhere. At one noon, Prophet Muhammad rested under the shade of a small tree.
One of the Prophet’s enemies seeing this thought that Muhammad was alone, so it was best time to kill him quietly and quickly. He rushed towards him with a sword in his hand and asked the Prophet:
“That tells me now, who can help you now?”
Prophet replied calmly and with great confidence, “ALLAH.”
Seeing this confident and calm assurance, the enemy got frightened, and the sword fell away from his hands. With the same calm and confidence, the Prophet took that sword in his hand and asked him:
“Now, tell me, who is there to save you?”
The enemy replied that “no one.”
The Prophet told him that no, you are wrong; the same ALLAH would also help him. And he let the enemy go free. After seeing this noble and kindness attitude, he accepted Islam.
Always show Kindness to others.